Program Description

The UCSF-Genentech Clinical Development Fellowship Program partners two leaders in academia and biotechnology to provide an immersive, innovative, mentored, two-year experience that combines academic clinical investigation with pharmaceutical industry training for PharmDs in their early postdoctoral years. The objective of this program is to better prepare pharmacists to properly conduct clinical trials, perform safety surveillance and risk management, develop research methodologies, and manage scientific and ethical issues in research and drug development.

Fellows will work with research and clinical faculty at UCSF—a world-renowned teaching institution that focuses on the health science. They will participate in clinical research, patient care, learn via interdisciplinary didactics, and present and publish results of scholarly work.

In partnership with Genentech, a leading biotechnology company in serious or life-threatening medical conditions, fellows will gain experience in clinical development and build core competencies in clinical and safety sciences that will prepare them for an exciting career in the biotechnology​​/​​pharmaceutical industry.


Application deadline

October 21, 2022 (11:55 pm, Pacific Standard Time)

Start date

July 1, 2023


2 years

Genentech training (~3-4 days/week)

  • Immersion in safety science (50%) and clinical science (50%)

  • Attendance at oncology focused professional conferences

UCSF training (1-2 days/week)

  • Mentored experience in clinical investigational drug services, with preceptorship duties during 2nd year of fellowship

  • Formal training in designing clinical research and the responsible conduct of research

  • Weekly seminars on principles of clinical pharmacology, collaborative, basic, and clinical research, or special topics in oncology

  • Teaching pharmacy students in small group facilitation, large group didactics, and OSCE examinations

Other program features and details

  • Individualized training plan and multiple mentors to support you through your fellowship

  • Leadership and skills development workshops alongside other Genentech fellows, UCSF fellows, and UCSF pharmacy residents

Training and licensure requirements

  • PharmDs must obtain licensure in California prior to 10/31/2022, but are encouraged to obtain licensure shortly after graduation in order to be able to fully serve on clinical service.

  • While residency training is not required to apply to this program, post-graduate training and experiences will be considered when candidates are reviewed.

How to apply

Complete the Clinical Fellowship Application Form to submit all application materials.

The application will request your demographic information (entered into Qualtrics) plus the following items

  1. A letter of intent (1-2 pages, addressed to Jennifer Cocohoba, PharmD, MAS, and Leslie Floren, PharmD, PhD, MA)

  2. Your current curriculum vitae
  3. Your pharmacy school transcripts

    1. Best choice: electronic file attached to the Qualtrics application

    2. Second choice: electronic file emailed to [email protected]

    3. Third (less ideal) choice: Mailed to Jennifer Cocohoba, 521 Parnassus Avenue 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94143

  4. Three letters of recommendation (sent separately to [email protected])

    1. PDF iconLetter of Recommendation Form (PDF)

    2. Please include at least one letter from a full-time faculty member.

All materials including letters of recommendation must be received by the application deadline. Candidates will be notified by email of their application status (application complete, missing documents, etc.). An initial pre-interview screening process will take place via telephone between October 26, 2022 and November 4, 2022. After this stage, select candidates will be invited for a first-round virtual interview (2 hours; Wednesday, November 16, 2022, Thursday, November 17, 2022, and Friday, November 18, 2022). Lastly, a small group of candidates will be forwarded to a second round of interviews to take place on site at UCSF and Genentech campuses on either November 30, 2022 or December 1, 2022.

Learn more

We will be hosting informational Q&A webinars on the following dates. Please allow adequate time to connect to the Zoom platform. These webinars will not be recorded. A portion of the webinar is dedicated for prospective applicants to have Q&A time with the current fellows. We do this so that our current fellows are not overwhelmed with requests for individual meetings -- there are often several interested candidates and only a few fellows, so we try to be considerate of their time.

Tuesday 08/9/22 6:15 pm – 7:00 pm (Pacific Standard Time)

Join link Join Zoom on 8/9
Meeting ID 716 418 9964

Tuesday 09/13/22 8:15am-9:00am (Pacific Standard Time)

Join link Join Zoom on 9/13
Meeting ID 716 418 9964

Wednesday 10/5/22 3:15pm-4:00pm (Pacific Standard Time)

Join link Join Zoom on 10/5
Meeting ID 716 418 9964



Leslie Floren, PharmD, PhD, MA
Adjunct Associate Professor

Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences

UCSF Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine

[email protected]


Jennifer Cocohoba, PharmD, MAS
Professor of Clinical Pharmacy

Department of Clinical Pharmacy

UCSF School of Pharmacy

[email protected]

Brian Simmons, PharmD, MS

[email protected]

Cathy Littman, PharmD

[email protected]

Image credits: Floren: © Majed